Nîmes offers a spectacular architectural heritage and is one of the French cities that have been declared as World Heritage Site by the Unesco. Even if Nîmes is truly beautiful, the surroundings of the city are even more spectacular.
Thus, we recommend you to discover some of the most beautiful locations of its surroundings, doing one-day trips in a very quick and comfortable way.
If you wish to travel to Nîmes, there is no better option than to pick one of our trains of Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation.
Next to the region of the Camargue, Arles can be visited. Although it is not a city with large population, with just 60.000 people approximately, its municipality includes an entire Natural Park of 759km2, surpassing the area of Paris, the country’s capital.
Arles is located in the middle of the path that connected the Italic and the Iberian peninsulas, which transformed it into one of the most important cities during the Roman Empire. Moreover, it has numerous buildings such as the arenas, the roman theatre or the Thermae of Constantine, which are very well preserved. It is not surprising that Arles has turned into World Heritage of Humanity.
The Roman Amphitheatre in Arles
Arles is also well known thanks to the painters of impressionism of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Artists such as Gauguin, Picasso and mainly Van Gogh, who created more than 300 paintings during his stay in the French city, made Arles famous.
The Palais des Papes and the Pont Saint-Bénézet of Avignon
Avignon is without any doubt, one of the most spectacular destinations that can be visited in the South of France.
This medieval town was very relevant during that period but also very important in the last centuries. Avignon was the location where all the important powers of Europe used to have their battles. This was due to its strategic position and also to its defence capabilities.
We highly recommend you to visit the Palais des Papes, the largest gothic complex in Europe and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you know the popular children's song of "Sur le pont d'Avignon", you cannot miss to see the Pont Saint-Bénézet, which linked the city with the other side of the Rhône. However, nowadays, only a small part of it remains.
Besides, it also has a high-speed train station, so you can move even faster between the two cities.
Pont du Gard
Views of the Pont du Gard
Located only 20 kilometres from Nîmes, the Pont du Gard is one of the most important and best-preserved Roman remains of France. It is a splendid aqueduct built in the 1st century AD that carried water from a spring at Uzès to the city of Nîmes. With a length of around 270 meters, the bridge has been restored several times and is currently one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of the 5 most visited attractions in France.
The Ducal Palace and the streets of Uzès
This small town located 25 kilometres from Nîmes has a singular beauty that dates back to medieval times. Its narrow streets are perfect to walk through and visit the weekly market where you can find countless aromatic herbs of the region.
The best-known monument is the Ducal Palace. It is one of the best-preserved medieval complexes in Europe and is located in the city-centre. Built during different periods, it is composed of medieval parts such as the Bermonde tower of the 11th century that can be seen at the horizon of Uzès; or some Gothic parts, such as the chapel of the 15th century; but also parts of the Renaissance, which can be observed mainly in the facade, and other parts which were constructed until the 19th century.
In France, you can do many possible excursions, whenever you wish and in the most comfortable way with our trains.